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Flat pack homes must meet UK regulations

LETTERS Prize

Sir, During 65 years in the construction industry I have seen some major house building disasters caused by new ideas intended to speed up the housing programme.

On one occasion an aircraft company thought it had the answer and built thousands of dwellings. Where are they now? Demolished.

Another firm thought that the inner and outer leaves of external walls could be joined with strips of concrete. These homes, too, were demolished.

Architects and local authorities all approved their design and building. Tradesmen on the sites knew that there would be only one result: disaster. The tradesmen were right.

With the introduction of 'flat pack' dwellings by Ikea and Skanska, I would like to believe that our local authorities, building inspectors, and clerks of works will be fully engaged in this new type of dwelling.

I know that Skanska and Ikea are very successful in Sweden. I have seen dwellings in Sweden, and I have also heard major contractors here saying: 'We build to our standards and we don't need any inspectors.'

There is only one successful route for flat pack housing and that is the enforcement of all UK building regulations.

No more disasters, please.

N MacRae Old Windsor, Berkshire